SPRINGDALE, Ark. -- For the third straight year, Tyson Foods, Inc. ranks No. 1 in the development of new products for the foodservice industry in the opinion of foodservice operators, the company reported today.

A survey by Cognitio, a company specializing in the evaluation of new foodservice products, measured the effectiveness of foodservice manufacturers in introducing new products. Almost 900 foodservice operators participated in the nationwide study.

"Tyson stands out to operators because it knows and provides what consumers want, continually introduces new products and because of its effective marketing," according to Cognitio's summary of the study. "As one operator said, 'Tyson regularly develops new products that keep up with the trends in the industry.'"

Examples of new Tyson foodservice products cited in the survey include Beef Short Ribs, Prime Rib, Beef Petite Tenders, CrossFires Grill Marked Chicken Breast Filets, Fajita Seasoned Chicken Breast Filet Strips, Crispy Wings of Fire and Sticklers Chicken Skewers.

"Restaurants, hotels, hospitals, schools and other customers look to suppliers like Tyson for new products that offer quality, convenience and innovative menu solutions, and -- most importantly -- that consumers will crave," said Wendy Davidson, group vice president of Food Service for Tyson Foods. "In fact, this year we've developed approximately 300 new value-added, foodservice products. We're pleased our efforts have once again been recognized by others in the food industry."

Tyson is followed in the rankings by McCain Foods, Kraft, Nestle, PepsiCo, ConAgra, H.J. Heinz, Sara Lee and Hormel.

Tyson Foods, Inc., founded in 1935 with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is the world's largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef, and pork.

SOURCE: Tyson Foods Inc. news release via PR Newswire.